Ringo Starr, Sentimental Journey (1970)
Poor old Ringo Starr. I say “Poor old Ringo Starr”, when there’s nothing poor about him. Nice life, great drummer, in the best band in the world, lucky timing on that too, etc. And it really hasn’t mattered what he did after. I mean he’s as well-known – actually probably far better known – for his narrating of Thomas The Tank Engine than for any of the music he made post-Beatles. He made a few films too. He could act. Kinda. Better than a lot of musicians that make that move. He had presence. But his legacy is with The Beatles. The other three did things after that meant something. Ringo never did. And never will. And so I say “Poor old Ringo Starr” because his first two albums are brilliant. The third’s not bad either for that matter. But his first two, released in the same year, the year the Fab Four called it a day, show that he could have had a great solo career as a crooner. A country singer. This first album is all old standards. The second was country flavours. He was brilliant in that role. But the albums got sillier, lazier, dumber. And the drinks got larger, and so the drinking grew heavier. Etc. Anyway, I love his first two albums. And I was chuffed to find this one only recently. I had the CD back in the day, but now I have the LP. It’s a gorgeous set of tunes, with killer arrangements by guest stars and great players involved. It’s up there. I really believe that. One of my favourite albums by any of the Beatles-as-a-solo-act. And just a classy set of tunes served up well.
Sample Track: I’m A Fool To Care
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